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Roots of Resistance

Roots of Resistance: Memories of Nablus

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In 1989, Michael Lynk left his job as a lawyer and joined UNRWA to serve as a refugee affairs officer in Jerusalem. Here he describes experiencing the intifada in the Balata, Askar and Am’ari refugee camps. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: Posters of the first intifada

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Catherine Baker from the The Palestine Poster Project Archives introduces a selection of twelve posters from around the first year of the Intifada that provide a representative history of that watershed event. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Jordan Valley settlers farm private Palestinian land while owners are barred from entering

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Palestinian owners barred from Jordan Valley land while Israeli farmers profit Haaretz 3 Jan — Thai workers from the Israeli settlements are allowed across the border fence into the area, while the Palestinians are not; IDF spokesman also refuses to let Haaretz reporters tour the area — Settlers in the Jordan Valley are farming more […]

Roots of Resistance: The intifada brought Palestine home

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Omar Dajani writes about being a college student in the U.S. during the first intifada, “the transformations it effected were no less personal than political. For many of us who had never visited the Holy Land, the intifada brought Palestine home. It was our introduction, our initiation, our gateway to an addiction that I suspect few of us have managed to kick.” This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: A moment of hope

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Mariam C. Said remembers the beginning of the first intifada and what it meant to her and her late husband Edward Said. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: We all have a responsibility to turn resistance into liberation

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Jeff Halper writes, “The people who rose up in the first Intifada began the task of liberation; it is our responsibility to join with our Palestinian colleagues to formulate the most effective strategies possible to turn their resistance into genuine liberation.” This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: The first intifada and international solidarity

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Nadia Hijab writes how international solidarity helped spur on the first intifada, and how the PLO never appreciated this important source of power. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: Witnessing history

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The Rev. Dr. Don Wagner arrived in the Middle East for sabbatical in November 1987, and soon found himself on the front lines of history. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: Kairos Jewish/Palestine (on the 25th anniversary of the Palestinian uprising)

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Israel’s crushing of the first intifada split the Jewish community at its roots. The Palestinian Uprising precipitated a Jewish civil war that continues to be waged. In fact, the sides are now so far apart that a fissure has opened that might never be bridged. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: Israeli repression reminiscent of the first intifada may provoke a new uprising

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Dr. Mustafa Barghouti recounts the work he did providing medical care and organizing first aid teams to help the thousands of young people injured by the Israeli army during the first intifada. He sees parallels between the violent Israeli response to Palestinian protest then (video above) and now. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: The Palestinian people’s most democratic moment

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George Bisharat says the true upsurge of grassroots sentiment and activism during the first intifada momentarily shifted the political initiative out of the hands of diaspora elders and political fixers and into the hands of a youthful decentralized leadership in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: The visitors

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Alison Glick writes about working for a human rights organization in Gaza during the first intifada and the day some Israeli activists came to visit. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

Roots of Resistance: Khaled’s story

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Jennifer Bing recounts a story from the first intifada when she was a teacher at the Ramallah Friends School. This post is part of the series “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.”

In Honor of Titans

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December 9th marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the beginning of the first intifada. Between now and the end of the year Mondoweiss will be running a series of reflections on this milestone — “Roots of Resistance: 25 year retrospective on the first intifada.” Mouin Rabbani starts the series off with the context of the uprising and his admiration for the heroes of the struggle.